The April 2020 edition of the Stakeholder Update newsletter has now been distributed, containing the latest news about the project. Click here to view the newsletter and here to subscribe to future editions.
Researchers have now developed codes and ‘pipelines’ for handling whole genome sequencing data, and incorporated these codes into the SPREAD application. SPREAD has the capability to model wind dispersion of FMD virus at farm-to-farm level. Researchers will use data from historical outbreaks, where there was evidence of wind dispersion of FMD, to validate the SPREAD […]
The SP3 team are continuing to analyse the effectiveness of different vaccination strategies across the range of incursion scenarios they selected with the help of their jurisdictional stakeholders. They have further investigated the modelling results to test the effect of changing parameters such as resource levels, length of the national livestock standstill and the size […]
Typology Data collected from livestock producer surveys helped build a model aimed at predicting the vulnerability of producers to an outbreak of FMD. The model can be used to decide how to allocate surveillance resources. The analyses of the sheep, beef and goat models are complete, with successful publication in Preventive Veterinary Medicine about the […]
Working with Germany to test FMD virus inactivation Petrus Jansen van Vuren is collaborating with the Friedrich Loeffler Institute in Germany to assess the stability of several FMD serotype viruses under different temperature and humidity conditions to provide data to SP4 for wind dispersion modelling. The SP1 team is also investigating whether FMD virus, in […]
What happens when producers take a lead in biosecurity and preparedness for emergency animal diseases? The FMD Ready Project established five producer-led pilot groups – one for each FMD-susceptible livestock species – across five states in Australia, to help foster collaboration among farmers and other animal health stakeholders, and build greater animal health surveillance capacity. […]
Australia is fortunate to be free of many diseases which cause significant problems for livestock production in other parts of the world. Our reputation as a clean and green source of meat and fibre products has enabled our livestock industries to access markets domestically and internationally. Preparing for and preventing an incursion of an emergency […]
The November edition of the Stakeholder Update newsletter has now been distributed, containing the latest news about the project. Click here to view the newsletter and here to subscribe to future editions.
User testing of the SPREAD application is underway to ensure that the look and feel of the product will suit the end users, which will be jurisdictional staff. The first ‘customer’ is Victoria with others to follow once development of the minimum viable product is completed, and after a national roadshow has been held to […]
Recent work in SP3 has included running simulations in the Australian Animal Disease Spread model (AADIS) using the new capacity developed by the FMD Ready project to compare alternative strategies for post-outbreak surveillance and management. This now allows us to better compare the cost and effectiveness of different diagnostic tests and surveillance approaches. Work is […]